The Hubs are community based networks of residents, organizations, and businesses supporting each other to grow, cook, and preserve fruits and vegetables and increase health and access to fresh food.
- Grow your own fresh produce!
- Engage in local food issues, making healthy, locally-grown food more accessible in your neighborhood!
- Receive seeds, seedlings, to help your garden grow!
- Connect with other gardeners in your neighborhood to share and swap resources!
- Share your skills and learn from others about gardening techniques, compost, cooking, food preservation, and more!
- No gardening experience is required! Beginners are welcome!
Print the membership form in English. Spanish will be available soon.
Want to be more involved in Hubs planning and decisions? Learn more about the Stewardship Council!
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Members, please take the 2015 Hubs Member Survey!
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the Local Food Resource Hubs?
The Local Food Resource Hubs are neighborhood networks of gardeners. The Hubs program is intended to provide home gardeners and community gardeners the support they need to grow, preserve, cook and compost their own fresh produce by offering supplies, educational opportunities, and community connections in their neighborhood.
How does this program work?
Residents of Minneapolis and St. Paul can join the Local Food Resource Hubs and select a small, medium, or large garden package- prices vary by size and partial scholarships are available. Packages are available at a fraction of their retail price. Members pick up their seeds and plants at distribution events held across Minneapolis and St. Paul.
How is the Hubs Network organized?
The Hubs program brings together neighbors around gardening, so members are encouraged to get involved locally. Each neighborhood Hub area may have different local components and projects, based on each community’s interests and energies. After the growing season, Gardening Matters and local leaders organize fall gatherings, inviting all members to get together to mingle and offer feedback for the program.
What's the big picture?
It's about healthy food access, re-skilling, building community power. The Hubs program is meant to foster community development, using gardening as the tool. Once people are connected to their neighbors through gardening, they are more willing to share resources, collaborate, and make change in their community related to food, health, and gardening. The Hubs program builds up neighborhood networks, which are necessary in order to rebuild a community-based food system.
Where can I find a place to garden?
Gardening Matters can connect individuals with community gardens. If you have land or are looking for land personally, we suggest that you join your local neighborhood e-democracy forum and post about your needs. You never know what your neighbors may have available!
How is the Hubs Network supported?
The key to the Hubs Network is an engaged membership, working together to build a strong community. When people volunteer and share their talents, the entire network becomes stronger. Anyone can support the Hubs with donated time, skills, supplies, and/or financial support by contacting us. Many neigbhorhood and organizational partnerships help make the Hubs work; local leaders in each Hub area are always looking for members to get involved- contact us and we will connect you!
Can I join if I don’t need seeds and seedlings?
Yes! Even if you don’t need seeds and seedlings, you can still become a member and attend events, lead or participate in skill-shares, volunteer, and share resources with your neighbors.
How is the work supported?
The Local Food Resource Hubs are coordinated by Gardening Matters and supported in part by the McKneely and McKnight Foundations and the Minneapolis Department of Health and Family Support through the Statewide Health Improvement Program. Individual memberships and donations also contribute over half of the program's funding.
Neighborhood partners include: Homegrown Minneapolis; Afro-Eco; CAPI; Waite House; Minneapolis American Indian Center; Hope Community; the Northside Fresh Coalition; St. Olaf Community Campus; the Ventura Village, Northeast Park, Waite Park, and Columbia Park neighborhood associations; Corcoran and Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Organizations; Southeast Como Neighborhood Improvement Association; Hamline-Midway Coalition; Saint Anthony Park Community Council; East Side Food Co-op; Mississippi Market; East Side Prosperity Campaign; Healthy West 7th Coalition; Frogtown Urban Garden Alliance; Urban Roots; Urban Oasis; Dayton's Bluff Community Council; Growing West Side; and many, many more neighborhood partners. If you are a partner that isn't listed here, please let us know!